For all the fans who made the trek to Lake Elsinore Saturday, they were not disappointed. Manny Ramirez, batting leadoff for the Sixers and serving as the designated hitter, hit a home run in his first at bat. He walked and scored in his second at-bat.
Kind of a circus atmosphere here — lots of cheers and boos for Ramirez. There seemed to be some boos in the third inning — I’m not sure if that’s because there were Storm fans who wanted to see their team get him out, or if it was Manny fans who wanted to see their man hit.
In his third at-bat, Ramirez lined a 2-0 pitch up the middle for a single. He left the game and the stadium moments after he was doubled off first to end the fifth inning.
Because Ramirez was the designated hitter, most of the fans didn’t realize Ramirez had left until Elian Herrera came up to hit for him in the seventh. At that point, many of them left too.